Botswana Institute for Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Advancing Professional Integrity through Practice, Education and Research


Reference Laboratories

The National Reference Laboratories include: the Botswana National Quality Assurance Laboratory (BNQAL), the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL), and the Botswana Harvard HIV Reference Laboratory (BHHRL)-these are all located in Gaborone.  Lastly, the Nyangabgwe HIV Reference Laboratory (NHRL), located in Francistown.

The National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL)

The NTRL is the only laboratory that offers TB Culture and Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) in the country. The laboratory embraces both the genotypic and phenotypic testing.  In addition, the laboratory supports TB External Quality Assurance through blinded smear re-checking.

The NTRL has been earmarked for the supra national status, to serve as a regional TB reference laboratory for Southern Africa. If awarded, it will be the first of its kind in the Southern African region.

Laboratory Contact details: (+267) 390 2734

Referral Hospital Laboratories

Referral hospital laboratories include Nyangabgwe Hospital Laboratory in Francistown and Princess Marina Hospital Laboratory in Gaborone.

Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) Laboratory

Historically, the hospital takes its name after Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, who officially opened it on 29th September 1966.  The main laboratory disciplines include Haematology, Microbiology, Blood Bank, and Clinical Chemistry. Another laboratory arm is located at the Diabetic Centre of Excellence, Botshelo Clinic in Block 6.  PMH laboratory received ISO 15189:2012 accreditation in 2015.

Laboratory Contact Details: Central Reception: (+267) 362 1552

Clinic Laboratories

Julia Molefhe Clinic Laboratory

The laboratory became operational in April 2015 and is located within the Julia Molefhe Clinic at Block 9 in Gaborone. It has an improved infrastructure and more advanced equipment.  The laboratory offers Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Microbiology (including GeneXpert for Mycobacteriology), and Serology. 

Laboratory Contact Details: (+267) 392 3654



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